AP PHOTOS: Red lanterns, lasers light up the Forbidden City

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a firefighter walks by the Forbidden City projected with colourful lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing. ...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, lanterns is decorated near a Turret of the Forbidden City projected with lights for the Lantern Festival in Bei...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors tour the Forbidden City decorated with red lanterns and illuminated with lights for the Lantern Festiv...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, visitors watch the Wumen Gate wall of the Forbidden City illuminated with lights for the Lantern Festival ...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a family take selfie with the Wumen Gate wall of the Forbidden City illuminated with lights for the Lantern Fes...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors take photos of the Forbidden City illuminated with lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing. China l...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors tour the Forbidden City projected with colorful lights and prosperous words for the Lantern Festival i...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors is silhouetted as they tour the Forbidden City decorated with red lanterns and projected with lights f...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, the Forbidden City is projected with colorful lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing. China lit up the Forb...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a woman's face is lit by lights as she visits to the Forbidden City decorated with lanterns and projected with ...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a Peking Opera artist performs in the Forbidden City which lit up by lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing...
In this Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors pose for selfies outside the Forbidden City to catch a glimpse of the evening lights in Beijing. China lit up t...
In this Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors take photos outside the Forbidden City to catch a glimpse of the evening lights in Beijing. China lit up the Fo...
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, Chinese police control a crowd gathered outside the Forbidden City to catch a glimpse of the evening lights in ...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a firefighter walks by the Forbidden City projected with colourful lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing. ...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, lanterns is decorated near a Turret of the Forbidden City projected with lights for the Lantern Festival in Bei...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors tour the Forbidden City decorated with red lanterns and illuminated with lights for the Lantern Festiv...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, visitors watch the Wumen Gate wall of the Forbidden City illuminated with lights for the Lantern Festival ...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a family take selfie with the Wumen Gate wall of the Forbidden City illuminated with lights for the Lantern Fes...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors take photos of the Forbidden City illuminated with lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing. China l...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors tour the Forbidden City projected with colorful lights and prosperous words for the Lantern Festival i...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors is silhouetted as they tour the Forbidden City decorated with red lanterns and projected with lights f...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, the Forbidden City is projected with colorful lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing. China lit up the Forb...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a woman's face is lit by lights as she visits to the Forbidden City decorated with lanterns and projected with ...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, a Peking Opera artist performs in the Forbidden City which lit up by lights for the Lantern Festival in Beijing...

In this Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors pose for selfies outside the Forbidden City to catch a glimpse of the evening lights in Beijing. China lit up t...

In this Feb. 19, 2019, photo, visitors take photos outside the Forbidden City to catch a glimpse of the evening lights in Beijing. China lit up the Fo...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, photo, Chinese police control a crowd gathered outside the Forbidden City to catch a glimpse of the evening lights in ...

The Lantern Festival that lit up Beijing's Forbidden City on Tuesday night was not one the last emperor would have recognized.

The festival marking the end of 15 days of lunar new year celebrations included traditional red-paper lanterns. But people lucky enough to snag tickets also saw a laser light show and the compound's historic buildings bathed in colorful lights projecting Chinese characters, paintings and decorations.

Many people watched from outside the vast palace compound in Beijing, from where Ming and Qing dynasty emperors ruled for five centuries before the last emperor abdicated in 1912.

The Palace Museum, established 94 years ago, was allowing the public inside at night for the first time for the light show and traditional opera performances on Tuesday and Wednesday.